FDA’s Drug Approval Team Copes With 700 Unfilled Jobs As Industry Lures Staff

FDA’s Drug Approval Team Copes With 700 Unfilled Jobs As Industry Lures Staff

The Food and Drug Administration has more than 700 job vacancies in its division that approves new drugs, and top officials say the agency is struggling to hire and retain staff because pharmaceutical companies lure them away.

“They can pay them roughly twice as much as we can,” Janet Woodcock, who directs the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), said at a rare-diseases summit recently in Arlington, Va.

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